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Deamer, Dulcie

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1890-1972) New Zealand-born author, in Australia from before 1922, where in association with various writers and artists – including Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) – she ruffled some provincial dovecotes. Lindsay illustrated her first story, "As It Was in the Beginning", for the Australasian literary magazine The Lone Hand, where it was a 1907 competition winner and appeared in the January 1908 issue. This story is a Prehistoric SF romance; three sequels about its Neolithic characters followed in the same magazine in 1908, also illustrated by Lindsay; one, "The Great Water" (July 1908 The Lone Hand), features an anachronistic fight with a pterodactyl. All four were included, with other material, in the unillustrated In the Beginning: Six Studies of the Stone Age and Other Stories (coll 1909) and reappeared, with one new addition, as As It Was in the Beginning (coll of linked stories 1929 chap), with Lindsay's illustrations. Early novels, like The Suttee of Safa: A Hindoo Romance (1913), usually incorporated some fairly heated Fantasy elements, most notably in The Devil's Saint (1924); Holiday (1940) is a fantasy of Reincarnation. [JC/YR]

Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Dulcie Deamer

born Christchurch, New Zealand: 13 December 1890

died Randwick, New South Wales: 16 August 1972



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